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Atonement by Ian McEwan

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An excellent film but the beauty of the book is in its writing for McEwan is indeed one of our country’s literary giants. Get lost in his words, the hypocrisy of the upper-class world and then the shattering atrocities of war, right through to its very clever ending.

If you like Ian McEwan you might also like to read books by Simon Mawer, Jane Gardam and John Lanchester.

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Atonement by Ian McEwan

On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.

This unforgettable novel was adapted for film in 2007, starring James McAvoy as Robbie and Keira Knightley as Cecilia.

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‘The best thing he has ever written’ – Observer

About the Author

Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is a critically acclaimed author of short stories and novels for adults, as well as The Daydreamer, a children's novel illustrated by Anthony Browne. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, The Cement Garden, Enduring Love, Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize, Atonement and Saturday.

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5th August 2010


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